Rachael Ray's Big Boy Bolognese

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1hr 40mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the pancetta and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned and the fat is rendered, 3-4 minutes. Add the sirloin and pork to the pot and brown for 12-15 minutes. Add the onion, carrot, celery, and garlic and cook, stirring, until softened, 8-10 minutes more.
  2. Add the salt, pepper, nutmeg, bay leaves, thyme, marjoram or oregano. Stir in the tomato paste for a minute or so, then add the wine and scrape up all the drippings. Reduce the wine by half, 2-3 minutes, then stir in stock and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to simmer and thicken the sauce for 1-1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally to keep the sauce from sticking to the bottom of the pan. Add the milk or cream and simmer while the water for the pasta comes to a boil and the pasta cooks.
  3. When you're ready to serve, bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt it, then cook the pasta to al dente. Heads up: just before draining reserve 1 cup of starchy cooking water.
  4. Drain the pasta and toss it back into the pot it was cooked in, along with the reserved cooking water, about a cup of grated cheese and a couple of handfuls of chopped parsley. Add half the pasta sauce and toss well to coat.
  5. Serve the pasta in shallow bowls, topped with additional sauce. Pass the remaining cheese at the table.

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